The Dallas Mavericks came a Nicolas Brussino three-pointer away from setting a career-low in points scored in franchise history on Friday, narrowing avoiding the infamous feat in a 80-64 defeat. The team scored just 62 points in a game playing Milwaukee in 1997.
The team did set a franchise “record” for the lowest point total after three quarters ever, scoring just 41 points after 36 minutes. They scored 10 points in the second quarter and just 12 in the third, shooting 28.8 percent for the game with 5-of-25 shooting behind the three-point line with 17 turnovers.
The Mavericks are missing Dirk Nowitzki, J.J. Barea, Deron Williams and Devin Harris. The team signed Jonathan Gibson on Thursday to have a second point guard on the roster after Barea’s injury, and he acquitted himself better than most of the rest of the team — scoring 11 points on 3-of-6 shooting in 20 minutes.
No one else on the team even hit 50 percent. The team’s leading scorer was Harrison Barnes with 15 points on 5-of-17 shooting.
The Mavericks are desperately lacking playmakers without Barea, who was really the team’s only player capable of consistently breaking down a defense. Barnes struggled with his jump shot, and the team had very poor looks all night.
Rick Carlisle has about 20 hours to figure it out. The team plays the Magic on Saturday trying to avoid its 10th loss in 12 games.